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Women’s Golf storms into top third of conference in final day of C-USA Championships

Women’s Golf storms into top third of conference in final day of C-USA Championships

CARROLLTON, TX - APRIL 03: at Maridoe Golf Club on April 3, 2018 in Carrollton, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

Women’s Golf storms into top third of conference in final day of C-USA Championships
April 20
08:48 2018

North Texas headed to Fort Myers, Florida to compete in the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Championship Monday through Wednesday and finished with a score of +32, good for fourth in the conference, a result which exceeded expectations.

North Texas started the first round of the tournament in seventh place but were able to move up the leaderboard throughout the course of the three-round tournament. The University of Texas at San Antonio finished in first place finishing 10 over par.

“It’s an awesome way to finish the year, on a high note,” head coach Michael Akers said. “The goal was to get in the top five, and you just play one shot at a time, one hole at a time, and try to make birdies. They made a lot of birdies today and it was just a lot of fun.”

The Mean Green showed improvement throughout the tournament as they started with a score of 306 in round one and finished round three with a score of 287, tying for the third-best single round in the history of the program and the lowest total for a day of any team across all three days of the tournament.

In his second season, Akers was blown away with his team’s performance and loved to see the improvement as a team. Last season, the Mean Green came in 10th place and the year before that, they came in dead last.

“The team has improved dramatically over the last two years,” Akers said. “Two years ago we took last in conference, and now we’ve moved all the way to fourth. I feel like next year we’ll do even better. Right now, I’m just thrilled to move up the leaderboard today and post the best round of the day and I’m very excited for Lauren and Sabina to get top five.”

Sophomore Lauren Cox and, junior Sabina Pena finished the tournament in the top five, tied for fifth place. Both golfers were also named Conference USA All-Tournament team.

Pena, who finished with a score of +4 to par, has been consistently improving through the course of the season and is pleased to see it pay off.

“I’m definitely more confident, and I know it’s only going to get better from now on,” Pena said. “I knew that every shot counted, and I never gave up. I have been wanting to shoot under par all year, and I finally did it on my last round so it’s a good way to go out.”

Cox, who also finished with a score of +4 to par, showed progress through each round and was instrumental to the team making the late push.

“I feel like I got better as the week went on,” Cox said. “Round one was just okay, round two was a bit better, and round three was really good so it was good to see an improvement.”

The trend of starting out slow in the first round and giving it their all in the third round is nothing new for the team, as it occurred throughout the season.

After their performance, North Texas is confident and prepared to take on their 2018-2019 season, but for now, they’ll enjoy what they have accomplished this season.

“I’m very happy with the path that we’re on and know that next year is going to be even better,” Akers said. “I’m very proud of the progress that we’ve made. I already received texts from recruits about the finish that we had today.”

Featured image: North Texas Athletics/Rick Yeatts

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